How do you measure, measure a year? 2017 was the year I spent time in 13 different countries and 11 different states. I traveled to Europe three times. I set foot on my fifth continent. I revisited London, Indianapolis, Ireland, and Portugal. I reunited with friends from college in Prague and Dublin and old coworkers in London, Chicago, and Dubrovnik. I traveled for 10 days in Cape Town with someone I met in Mandalay and for 12 days in Croatia with someone I met in Dublin. A twelfth of my year was spent dog-sitting, both in Chicago and Jersey City. I added Shenandoah National Park to my list of U.S. National Parks.
I just got back from visiting my friend Carrie in London. I haven’t been out of the country in a while and this was a very easy way to do so without learning any new words (except for “cheeky”) and without shelling out some extra dolla dolla pounds for housing. This way I could save them for making phone calls from cool red phonebooths.